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To help you come to know the world better, you are going to be given a Pedant, or a teacher, who will help to guide you through the assorted parts of the world. Different Pedants will guide you in different areas.

Note that she does not know everything, and that she, too, has biases and prejudices; that she is a part of the World and is ultimately in service to one of the Powers (even if she did not choose it). She has her own ways. But she will help you going forward.

The same can be said of the others – it always useful to be aware that there are limits to what they can tell you.

Not everyone can afford to send their children to a Tanjin, even though they are generally open to anyone – and many people don’t see a need to do so, so there is a higher than typical level of ignorance and illiteracy on Wyrlde.

In order to help guide you through this process, we have three Pedants awaiting, and they in turn have brought some folks to be with them.

Your Pedant for knowledge about the Wyrlde in general – the culture, history, and places — is an Ikon; a very powerful, chosen representative of a given Power That Is – named Arabesque.

For things related to the development of characters and understanding many of the rules, your Pedant will be the currently liminal faery lass who goes by the name of Tinghabel.

For Magic’s often ineffable nature and the difficulties in explaining it, your pedant is a grumpy, self important, irascible and indomitable Grand Master Wizard of the most prestigious College in all of Akadia – and she will tell you that himself. Her name (and no, not her True Name), is Rafael.

The three Pedants that are here are not always absolutely aware of everything. They are the products of their world, and familiar with the ins and outs and subject to those same things for the realms and backgrounds that they have, from their heritage to their roles in the wider world.

Their perspective is the perspective of those who dwell in the Empire. They have all assured that they are doing their best to remain as unbiased as they can, but such work is inevitably going to have some bias on the part of the pedant who is teaching you.

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

Mae Jemison
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